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Pride Week: Sunday

by Ellie McHale

With Pride Week at an end (even though people are still out celebrating), I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to go up to San Francisco today. This was the first Pride I’ve missed in years, and with marriage equality the law now, I so wanted to be in the throng! This entire week, I wanted to celebrate! Next year, though.

To round out the week long series, I give you Ms. Dusty Springfield. You didn’t know she was bisexual? Well, now you do!

If I had any semblance of a decent singing voice, this would be my go to karaoke song. Always and forever, I love this song!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Pride celebrations and plan to continue to celebrate love throughout the year and until the end of time. Remember, love conquers all, even if it doesn’t seem that way.

Peace out, y’all and have a wonderful week!


Pride Week: Saturday

by Ellie McHale

Another late post, y’all!!! I completely lost track of time. Seriously, I thought it was Sunday. I think I might have a bit of the premenstrual brain. While this post will go up on Sunday, please know that I started to write it on Saturday! I promise.

Here’s an amazing song, one that should be on every love song playlist:

Joan has gotten me through some tough moments, and I am so grateful for music.

Hope everyone is having an awesome Pride weekend, whether you are out reveling in the city, or are at home with loved ones.

Pride Week: Friday

by Ellie McHale

Bloody well finally! It’s the middle of 2015 and marriage between consenting adults, regardless of their gender and sex, is legal. It took long enough! What a perfect time for this to happen.

Of course I have to work both Saturday & Sunday, so cannot revel in the streets of San Francisco with everyone. But, there will be more than enough people celebrating! What a joyous occasion! [I’m really hoping no one screws it up and wreaks havoc in the streets. Everyone, whilst having fun, please be safe!]

Tonight, I’m sharing with you one of my favorite albums: Bitter, by Me’Shell Ndegeocello. Please go and buy it. It’s money well spent. Seriously!

Seriously, folks. What a momentous day. Celebrate in the best way possible. Love! Be love! Share love! Give love!!!

Pride Week: Tuesday

by Ellie McHale

Happy Tuesday! Hope you are all doing well.

Here’s a lil’ George Michael cover from one of my favorite singers, Reina Williams.

Go forth and love!

Pride Week: Monday

by Ellie McHale

Happy (San Francisco) Pride week!

Every day this week, I plan on sharing a song done by a LGBTQI+ person in celebration.

Today, I give you a favorite song by one of my favorite singers:

Brandi Carlile is such a fantastic musician and she never disappoints. This song makes me get misty eyed, yet smile every time I hear it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Song Obsession Sunday: Sylvan Esso – ‘Coffee’

by Ellie McHale

I want to get back in the habit of posting every week. Song Obsession Sunday is a great place to start!!

Let’s get real for a moment. I am one of those people who can get sick of a song that I don’t like (and, by default, an artist/band) if I hear too much of it. This is why I try and avoid listening to any radio station that plays current music.

This is a song that I’m certain pretty much any music fan (nerd, obsessive, geek, blogger, reporter, journalist, DJ, etc.) has heard. If you’re sick of it, I apologize. I bought the album soon after it was released and this is my favorite track from it. The video locked in my love for the song. I apologize for sharing it long after it was released, but it’s back in heavy rotation right now.

I give you ‘Coffee’ by Sylvan Esso!

We’re Growing Up

by Ellie McHale

Happy New Year! May 2014 be fantastic for everyone!

Because a new year is upon us, I want to share a bittersweet song with you. Brandi Carlile is an amazing lyricist and musician & always puts me in a great mood.

Well, I Have Brittle Bones…

by Ellie McHale

Honestly, I don’t have much to say. My head has been glued to an Intro to Business Law book the last couple days. Reading about precedents and arbitration and mediation can strip a girl of anything creative to say at 8.10pm. As I took a break from the reading and note taking, one song instantly popped into my mind. The first line is exactly want I wanted to hear right now: “That boy, take me away, into the night…”

Here it is, my study break song I want to share with you:

Still Our Hands Match

by Ellie McHale

Let’s keep up the songs of heartbreak trend here. I’m only just discovering Daughter, a band from North London that has been around since 2010. At the end of April, they released their first full length album “If You Leave” after releasing 3 EPs in 2010 & 2011.

It’s times like this that I wish I was back in London. The music scene is much more on point & forward thinking. For example, I was already sick of Coldplay by the time ‘Yellow’ got airplay stateside. Sure, Coldplay is an English band, but it still would have gotten tons of PR & airplay in the UK if it were a South African band. Just sayin’. Many artists make the trek out to England to start their music career because of the borderline aggressive music scene. Surely, it’s changed in the last decade, as the music industry as a whole has. However, there seems to be a larger want and need for excellent, original musical talent.

I caved last night & purchased Daughter’s album. The band is a trio: Elena Tonra on vocals (and the founder of the band, as it started as a solo project), Igor Haefeli on guitar, and Remi Aguilella on drums. Elena has a haunting voice. It is simple, pure, and magical. Her voice reminds me of Rachel Yamagata, but in a more emotional manner. In fact, Elena’s voice is richer. The songs, just like Elena’s voice, are haunting. They are able to speak to pretty much anyone. The melodies, the lyrics, and the pace, they hit upon our ability to pull out memories & past feelings.

We should be supporting musicians, especially female musicians. So, I urge you to go out and purchase some of Daughter’s work. Even if you purchase a $4.00 EP from iTunes, that’s still supporting the arts & women making an honest paycheck… And, to tempt you, I’ll leave you with a song from “If You Leave”:

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Kelsey Rottiers, Keepin’ it Real

by Ellie McHale

You can find Kelsey Rottiers on ReverbNation, Tumblr, FaceBook, and YouTube.

Through her  ReverbNation page, Ms. Rottiers has twelve songs available to listen to, which is an amazing offering to potential fans. I appreciate when musicians offer listeners the chance to really get a feel for their art.

As per Ms Rottier’s website, her bio states: “Sometimes uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking, always fresh and real, singer/songwriter Kelsey Rottiers’ all-original music tackles concepts from Forgiveness to Sex Trafficking.  Whether it’s the catchy “Red Wonder Boots,” the furious “Bear Hope,” or any of her dozens of other tracks, Kelsey Rottiers’ songs fuse folk and indie substance with a pop simplicity that will linger in your mind like a brilliant sunset.” I really like the sound of that…

As I listened her music for the first time, this lovely lady reminds me of the possible love child of Missy Higgins, Neko Case, and Jenny Lewis. Total “indie” girl singer-songwriter genre. And, that’s a good thing. We need more fun, smart female artists making waves in the world. Of the songs I listened to, I feel that “Goliath” is my current favorite. While I love upbeat, tenacious songs, I really enjoy a mellow, emotional song. I guess I’m a lil’ emo on the inside. At the end of the song, we hear a “hallelujah” sung out that caught me off guard. I heard a sliver of Brandi Carlile in Kelsey’s voice. If anyone can be unique, but have a rare moment of likeness with another amazing musician, I know I’m likely to enjoy what’s to be heard.

I’ll admit it. I’m very much a Bay Area white girl. Many of us have dreams to be that adorable girl with a guitar jamming out at the beach. We dream of writing our own music and aspiring to be the next Tori Amos. At least, that’s the dream I had. Unfortunately, not everyone has songwriting abilities. And, writing a good lyric was beyond a lot of us… That’s why being the next Tori or Ani or Fiona was out of the question. So, when women like Kelsey Rottiers come along and create songs that are all very unique and are full of well versed lyrics, I get excited. It is refreshing to hear lyrics written by a woman that are tasteful, imaginative, and intelligent.

My biggest takeaway from Ms Rottiers is her passion & desire to fight for what she believes in. Music, photography  and film are the quickest & most effective ways to relay information to large quantities of people. Through her music, she is able to deal with her own feelings towards the worldwide issue of sex trafficking, while getting her fanbase informed & active in awareness and advocacy. Her song, “Bear Hope” is her touchstone song about the issue. Her lyrics are strong, furious, and have an air of mythicism. The image of a bear taking control of their life is amazing. She gives this bear a unique voice that is rather enchanting.

Kelsey Rottiers has music available on iTunes: a full length album & two EPs (Extended Plays, in case you wanted to know what that stands for). After listening to her tracks on ReverbNation and watching some of her videos on YouTube, I know I’ll be purchasing her music. Please, check out her music through ReverbNation. Please check out her YouTube page. And, even if her music isn’t your cup of tea, please join her in the fight to end sex trafficking. Seriously. Follow her lead! Do good in the world!

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